Floyd Mayweather is tipped by Jeff Fenech to keep his unbeaten record intact. Photo: Isaac BrekkenAustralian boxing legend Jeff Fenech is expecting Floyd Mayweather to remain unbeaten when he fights Manny Pacquiao on Sunday morning.
Mayweather has won all 47 of his previous professional career fights, while Pacquiao has 57 wins, five losses and two draws alongside his name.
Widely regarded as the two best pound-for-pound fighters of the past decade, speculation about a potential fight has been rife since 2009.
But Fenech believes the time is right now.
“Someone walked into my house today and said; ‘Jeff, is it five years too late?'” Fenech said on 6PR’s Sports Today program.
“I said; ‘listen, if it was five years earlier, Floyd would have got 20 million and the other guy would have got 10 million, the timing is perfect.'”
The fight is expected to gross in the vicinity of US$300 million with tickets selling for as much as US$41,000 and the television pay-per-per-view costing $90 in the USA and $60 in Australia.
Mayweather, who goes by the moniker of “Money Mayweather”, will recoup 60 per cent of the purse after the fight.
Triple World Champion Fenech will be ringside at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas when the fight takes place and said Mayweather’s size gave him the upper hand.
“Floyd is naturally bigger and Floyd is different. Floyd can punch, Floyd is strong,” Fenech said.
“I definitely believe that Pacquiao will be aggressive, but I think if Floyd stands there and trades with him that might be the downfall of Pacquiao.
“I believe he will keep the perfect record.”
The fight will take place at welterweight – 147 pounds or 66.7 kilograms – meaning both fighters will have to weigh in below that the day before the fight.
Pacquiao is the smaller fighter at 169 centimetres and started his career flyweight.
Mayweather is four centimetres taller with a reach advantage of almost 13 centimetres and began his career at junior lightweight, eight kilograms heavier than his opponent.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao